The Blue whale population along the west coast of North America is estimated to be approximately 1,500 whales, globally at 10,000-25,000. The California group of Blue whales is still struggling to rebound from the affects of whaling pressure and is listed under the Endangered Species Act. One of the ways Oceanic Eco Tours endeavors to assist in the research and conservation of Blue whales is to report our Blue whale sightings and submit our identifying images to help assess the population.
The primary threats to the California Blue whale population includes; ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear and noise pollution. At Oceanic Eco Tours we endeavor to mitigate these threats by; operating a smaller boat, following responsible boating practices in the presence of cetaceans, collecting abandoned fishing gear and using the latest engine technology to limit noise pollution in the Blue whales environment.